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Ridley Park Baseball

Welcome to Ridley Park Baseball.  

If you have general questions, please contact:
Ed Bleacher – RPAC Baseball Director
Cell: 610-506-6265
edbleacher@gmail.com

 

Ages 5 -7 : Tee/Coach Pitch:  Boys should turn 5 before May 1st of the season

Boys are taught the game of baseball while trying to keep them excited and interested.  We understand that boys this age have short attention spans, and tailor practices and games accordingly.  This is an in-house age typically with 3 to 4 teams.   Teams will practice in March and April and play games with each other in a rotation schedule to add diversity to the season throughout April, May and June.  March and early April are used to teach, train, and practice with the boys which provides a good foundation to call on when games begin in the end of April.  

At this age, we have the coach pitch the ball to batters giving them the chance to hit a live ball.  A tee may be used as needed to make sure every batter practices hitting, and running the bases.  Batters hit through the lineup or until 3 outs are made in the field.  

Up to 10 players can play the field, and we introduce the catcher position.  We try to work with extra players between innings to keep them from being bored and waiting.  Players must rotate positions to experience and learn them.  This age group often requires a lot of coach/parent support so all are welcome to help provide redirection and keep the player’s attention on the practice and game.

You can expect that your child will have increased their understanding of the game of baseball, made new friends, and had fun learning and playing baseball.  Older boys will graduate into the travel league in the following season better prepared for that level of play and travel baseball.  Team moms/dads typically organize team snacks for the kids after each game; each parent usually takes a turn.

Players will receive an opening day T-shirt, a high quality Baseball Jersey with their last name on the back, and a Baseball Hat.  
You need to purchase: a baseball glove, grey baseball pants, socks, and cleats.

 

 Ages 8 & Younger:  The division at this age group plays all Kid pitch.

Boys will the play 6 innings of baseball all facing a live player pitching.  The focus at this age level is to develop young players and players that are adjusting to live pitching to give players confidence, and get them ready to move on to the next age level.  Players cannot turn 9 before May 1st.   In this division we focus on maximum time dedicated to playing and developing skills.  All players are evaluated in order to split talent evenly across Teams.  Players are evaluated to ensure they are able to safely and comfortably play 6 innings of kid pitch baseball.  Players younger than 7 are typically included in our Coach/Machine Pitch in-house league unless the RP coaching staff allows them to play in this division.  

The boys will have all aspects of the game reinforced by their coaching staff.  Each position is reviewed and boys are reminded of the basic concepts of position responsibilities.  There is a focus on fielding the ball, making outs in the field, hitting, and pitching.  There are 10 players in the field including 4 outfielders as well all batters hit through their lineup which gives all the boys equal chances to hit.  These alterations aid in allowing players more playing opportunities and to learn more about the game.  We instruct coaches to have players rotate positions spending no more than 2 innings at a given position and change the batting order to avoid boys always feeling like they are last.  This age group focuses on playing more than winning as there are NO play-offs to avoid competitive issues.

We expect to play approximately 12-14 games during the regular season against Delco league teams.  All home games will take place at the back Field #3 at Catania Park.  Weekday Games start at 6pm, players need to arrive by 5:15 to be on the lineup and warm up.  Weekend games run between 8 am and 6pm, players need to arrive at least ¾ hour prior to game time to be added to the lineup and warm up.  ALL team practices and games are considered mandatory.  Coaches are instructed to keep attendance and missing practice or games can result in impacts to a players playing time in fairness to the rest of the team.  

Players will receive an Opening Day T-Shirt, a high quality Baseball Jersey with their last name on the back, and a Baseball Hat.  
You need to purchase: a baseball glove, grey pants, socks, and cleats.

Evaluations used to split up multiple teams evenly for competitive balance.


Ages 9 -10: All Kid Pitch 

This division consists of players that cannot turn 11 before May 1st.  There are a mix of player levels within this age group that are more and less experienced.  This division focuses heavily on fostering player skill development and maximizing the opportunities and playing time for all boys.  The rules that govern this level of play have been changed to allow teams to bat through their lineup, and allow unlimited fielding substitution.  This enables coaches the ability to easily rotate boys in and out of the game.  

Boys will play 6 inning baseball games. The focus at this age level is to develop players and ensure the boys are getting the very most chances to play and have fun doing it, while in a more competitive environment. This age group has playoffs based on wins and losses which does factor into game time decisions, however coaches are instructed not to choose winning at the sacrifice of player interest.  We recognize that no player improves by sitting the bench.

 The boys will have all aspects of the game reinforced by their coaching staff.  Each position is reviewed and boys are reminded of the basic concepts of position responsibilities as well as concepts of base stealing, and introductions to situational coverage.  A further focus on player pitching is utilized as well as the catcher position which becomes integral with the advent of base steals.  There is a focus on fielding the ball in good form, making outs in the field, as well as hitting.  There are 9 players in the field in standard positions, and again batters bat through the lineup.  This division will have a playoff at the end of the season.  We expect to play approximately 12 games during the regular season versus Delco teams.  Home games will take place at A-Field on Park Street.  Away games are played in nearby towns and directions will be made available on the Delco Boys Baseball website.
  
Weekday games start at 6pm, players need to arrive by 5:15pm to be in the line up and warm up.  Weekend games run between 8 am and 6pm, players need to arrive ¾ hour prior to game time to be added to the lineup and warm up.  ALL team practices and games are considered mandatory.  Coaches are instructed to keep attendance and missing practice or games can result in impacts to a players playing time in fairness to the rest of the team.  

Players will receive an Opening Day T-Shirt, a high quality Baseball Jersey with their last name on the back, and a Baseball Hat.  

You need to purchase: a baseball glove, grey pants, socks, and cleats.

Evaluations used to split up multiple teams evenly for competitive balance.


Ages 11 -12: All Kid Pitch 

This division consists of players that cannot turn 13 before May 1st.  There are a mix of player levels within this age group that are more and less experienced.  This division focuses heavily on leveraging existing player skill development and maximizing the opportunities and playing time for all boys.  The rules that govern this level of play have been changed to allow teams to bat 12 players in their lineup, and allow modified fielding substitution.  Boys will play 6 inning baseball games. The focus at this age level is to develop players and ensure the boys are getting the very most chances to play and keep a high level of interest in the game. The games will become more competitive.  This age group has playoffs based on wins and losses which does factor into game time decisions, however coaches are instructed not to choose winning at the sacrifice of players.
     
 The boys will have all aspects of the game reinforced by their coaching staff.  Each position is reviewed and boys are reminded of the basic concepts of position responsibilities as well as concepts of base stealing, and reinforcement of situational actions.  A further focus on player pitching is utilized as well as the catcher position which becomes integral with the regular base steals.  There is a focus on fielding the ball in good form, making outs in the field, as well as hitting.  There are 9 players in the field in standard positions, and again up to 12 batters bat through the lineup.  This division will have a playoff at the end of the season.  We expect to play approximately 12 games during the regular season versus Delco teams.  Home games will take place at A-Field on Park Street.  Away games are played in nearby towns and directions will be made available on the Delco Boys Baseball website.
  
Weekday games start at 6pm, players need to arrive by 5:15pm to be in the line up and warm up.  Weekend games run between 8 am and 6pm, players need to arrive ¾ hour prior to game time to be added to the lineup and warm up.  ALL team practices and games are considered mandatory.  Coaches are instructed to keep attendance and missing practice or games can result in impacts to a players playing time in fairness to the rest of the team.  

Players will receive an Opening Day T-Shirt, a high quality Baseball Jersey with their last name on the back, and a Baseball Hat.  

You need to purchase: a baseball glove, grey pants, socks, and cleats

Evaluations used to split up multiple teams evenly for competitive balance
 

Ages 13 and older boys Middle School/High School/College ages: DELCO/EDCO – Wood Bat Teams

This division has several age groups 14U, 16U, 19U and it consists of players between 13 to 19 years old of mixed skill levels that are ready for aggressive baseball play with true baseball rules on a full size field.  The DELCO League has several divisions for players and skill levels where Ridley Park has participated with great success.  These divisions focus heavily on leveraging player skill development and existing talents.  The rules that govern this level of play dictate that 9 players plus and extra hitter make up a lineup and that becomes the batting order.  Additional players are substitute players and must take another person’s spot in the lineup when entered.  Field substitutions are limited and this does restrict playing time in the outfield. The rules are also restrictive on batting.  Coaches will make their best efforts to establish a fair system of batting rotations.  This team plays in the DELCO Baseball League which is a wooden bat league; hence composite/aluminum bats will not be permitted.

We expect to field teams of 12 to 15 players in a manner that is consistent with league requirements. Due to the competitive nature of the league teams may be created in a way that leverages experience and provides maximum opportunity for less experienced players to play.  Teams may not be drafted in a manner that results in even talent.  These divisions will have a league sponsored playoffs at the end of the season.  We expect to play approximately 16 games during the regular season.  Home games will take place at the Ridley Middle School, Ridley Varsity and Ridley Junior Varsity fields. Away games are played in nearby towns.  Directions will be made available.  

Weekday games start at 6 or 8 pm, players need to arrive by 5:15 or 7:15 to be in the lineup and warm up.  Weekend games run between 8 am and 8pm, players need to arrive ¾ hour prior to game time to be added to the lineup and warm up.  ALL team practices and games are Mandatory.  Coaches are instructed to keep attendance and missing practice or games can result in impacts to a players playing time in fairness to the rest of the team.  

Players will receive an Opening Day T-shirt, a high quality Baseball Jersey with their last name on the back, and a Baseball Hat.  

You need to purchase: a baseball glove, grey pants, and cleats.  It is recommended that you purchase your own wooden bat.  

Practices will begin in April as school programs wind down.